Washington County Sheriff's Office civilian employee accused of enticing minor online, distributing child pornography
A criminal complaint was unsealed Wednesday in federal court alleging Luke De Roy Krieger, 39, of Camas, Wash., engaged in the coercion and enticement of a minor and distributed child pornography.
Krieger is employed as a non-sworn information systems analyst for the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Hillsboro. "Non-sworn" means he is not an official, trained law-enforcement officer.
His arrest followed an investigation that stretched from Hillsboro to Idaho to the United Kingdom.
Krieger has been employed since May 2004, according to the Sheriff's Office. His job duties do not include public contact or enforcement.
The sheriff's office was first notified of the investigation in September. At the request of investigators, to preserve the integrity of the case, Krieger retained his job status until he was taken into custody.
He was placed on unpaid administrative leave immediately after his arrest Tuesday. An internal investigation will be conducted once the criminal investigation is complete.
The case began in August when undercover officers from the United Kingdom Police Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit contacted Homeland Security Investigations in London, requesting assistance regarding a mobile app user who had engaged them in sexualized chat regarding young children.
According to the criminal complaint, on approximately Aug. 14, Krieger allegedly discussed his sexual interest in children and talked about traveling to the United Kingdom to engage in sexual activity with the undercover officer's minor daughter.
Working with the mobile app maker and Frontier Communications, investigators were able to locate two internet protocol addresses Krieger allegedly used to conduct the illicit communication. One IP address was associated with a residential internet account for Krieger's home in Camas. The second was linked to a business internet account registered to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators continued communicating with Krieger via the mobile app, posing both as an adult male residing in Boise, Idaho, and as a 13-year-old female the adult male was supposedly living with and sexually abusing.
Krieger allegedly revealed having sexual fantasies about several minor females, including children who he had come into contact with regularly. He also allegedly shared his desire to use a spy cam to take voyeuristic photos and videos of minor girls in a state of undress.
Investigators say Krieger repeatedly requested and sent photos of child pornography to the undercover officers and, on at least one occasion, a nude photo of himself from the neck down.
In response to repeated statements by both the undercover adult and minor, Krieger allegedly confirmed that he was aware of the minor's age.
The undercover adult invited Krieger to travel to Boise for the purpose of having sex with the undercover minor.
Krieger was arrested without incident on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Hillsboro before attempting to travel out of state.
He made an initial appearance Wednesday, Dec. 19, in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Youlee Yim You. He will remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21.
A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by HSI and the Vancouver, Wash., Police Department's Digital Evidence Gathering Unit.
In a written statement, Washington County Sheriff Pat Garret wrote: "The sheriff's office has been fully cooperating with the involved agencies to ensure a thorough investigation. I sincerely thank them for their diligence and partnership in this case. While our criminal justice system is based on the presumption of innocence, I am repulsed by the charges. The involved employee, whose duties do not include public contact or enforcement, was placed on unpaid administrative leave."